Swallowing Rehabilitation Research Lab

Professor Steele’s lab has also been involved in collaborative research related to malnutrition in people in long-term care settings.

This work, which was known as M3 (Making the Most of Mealtimes) was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and involves a large collaborating team lead by Dr. Heather Keller (University of Waterloo).

Collaborators in this venture included:

  • Sensory scientist Lisa Duizer (University of Guelph)
  • Nursing scientists Susan Slaughter (University of Alberta), Christina Lengyel (University of Manitoba) and nutrition scientist Natalie Carrier (Moncton, New Brunswick).
  • Doctoral student, Ashwini Namasivayam-Macdonald. now a professor at Adelphi University in New York, who examined tongue weakness and dysphagia as predictors of malnutrition.
  • A former doctoral student in the lab, Minn Yoon (University of Alberta), whose contribution explored oral hygiene in long-term care. Colonization of the mouth with bacteria is known to be a risk for developing aspiration pneumonia. During the course of her Ph.D. studies, Minn Yoon was involved in the development of the RNAO’s best practice guidelines regarding oral care by nurses.